NZNO Membership Committee

The NZNO Membership Committee is a standing committee established under clause 23 of the NZNO Constitution. The Committee is accountable to NZNO members and its general purpose is to bring a membership perspective to the Board.

The Committee is made up of one representative from each region, two College and Section representatives, two representatives from the National Student Unit, and the President and Vice President.

The Committee encourages members to contact them with views or concerns they feel should be addressed.

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Meet the Membership Committee

Sandra CorbettSandra Corbett

Chair - Membership Committee

Hawke's Bay Regional Representative

Of Ngāti Pikiao and Te Arawa Iwi affiliations, currently employed as Kaiwhakahaere (Māori coordinator) for the National Cervical Screening Programme at Hawke’s Bay DHB.

I have been active member and office holder of NZNO since 2000, and an active member of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. I have served as a representative on Te Rūnanga Executive, NMAC, Board of Directors, Audit and Risk, Governance Leaders Employment Committee (CLEC) committees and presently on the Membership Committee.

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Ramkumar NairRamkumar Ramakrishnan Nair​

Te Tai Tokerau Regional Representative

I completed Bachelor of Nursing from South West coast of India and since been a member of Trained Nurses Association of India.

I joined NZNO upon starting my career at Northland DHB as a theatre nurse. I became a workplace delegate in 2015 and started representing my colleagues at bipartite meetings and regional council meetings.

I represent NZNO at the FTE working group at Northland DHB. My delegate role has been instrumental in setting up a Local Data Council in the department of perioperative services, which I consider as one of my biggest achievements. I have also completed post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Nursing from University of Auckland.

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Karnel SinghKarnel Singh

Greater Auckland Regional Representative

I migrated to New Zealand in late 2000 as a qualified Plumber and Drainlayer. Due to personal reasons I had to leave the trade but still hold a Certified Drainlayers Licence for which I have to renew competencies on a yearly basis.

I have been an NZNO member for 6 years and a workplace delegate for 4 years in ARHOP AT&R at Counties Middlemore; I studied at MIT in South Auckland.

In 2014 I was invited to attend the NZNO Conference and AGM; since then I am now part of the Greater Auckland Regional Council.  I have recently been elected to represent 14,000 Auckland Regional Members to the Membership Committee.

I love what I do and I do my best to help anyone who needs my help.

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Leonie MetcalfeLeonie Metcalfe


Trained as a registered community nurse at Wairoa Hospital in Hawke's Bay. I work as an enrolled nurse in the Women's Health service at Waikato DHB and enjoy the challenges in this area of health care.

I have been involved with the Enrolled Nurses Section since 1993 both regionally and nationally, and have been on the committees in various roles including national Enrolled Nurse Section chairperson.

I am the EN representative on Waikato DHB PDRP Council, a PDRP EN assessor and also the EN representative on Wintec Employer Engagement Group. Actively involved in NZNO activities, and a workplace delegate since 2005. I am Vice Chairperson of the NZNO Midlands Regional Council and Management Committee member. A strong advocate for colleagues at all levels and for those accessing health services. I have a great interest in community law. A recipient of NZNO National Service Award Nursing and Midwifery in 2018.

Phebe ErueraPhebe Eruera

Bay of Plenty/Tairāwhiti Regional Representative

Kia ora Tatou, Kua huihui mai nei, Ki te korero I nga kaupapa
E pa ana ki tenei ra
Hiki nuku hiki rangi ki te tautara o Putauaki he maunga tū tōnu e
Tuku tōnu heke tōnu te au nui te au roa te au māreparepa o 
Rangitaiki Ko Tāku awa tēnei
Kia tū tangata whenua ahau ki tōku marae ko TuTeao
Kia nōhia tāku whare tipuna ko Tuteao!! Tū tōnu tū tōnu
Te tari o te ora o Te Whakaruru mai o te rangi tēna koe
Nga Maihi tāku mana tāku ihi
Ko Ngati Awa tāku taura ihorei tāku mana tuku iho
Te Teko te pito o te ao
Mātaatua te waka! Ko Toroa te tangata o runga
Tau tau tau ana e! Tuku!
Ko Phebe Eruera tōku ingoa

First and foremost, I am a wife, mother of eight children, Māori and Cook Island descended, a new graduate registered nurse, whom is currently employed with Te Puna Ora o Mataatua as a Kaiawhina (Community Nurse). I am an active Te Rūranga member and National Student Delegate for Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi 2017 – 2018. I am honoured to represent Bay of Plenty/Tairāwhiti Region.

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Jennie RaeJennie Rae

Central Region Representative

I completed my nursing training via Taranaki Polytechnic in 1991 and since have gone on to study in several post-graduate programmes, holding PG Certs in both nursing and business studies. I have also completed a Master of Nursing. My career has been focused around aged care and mental health, having held various positions including roles in quality and management. My current role is Service Co-ordinator Community Mental Health at Taranaki DHB.

I have been an active delegate and member of NZNO for over 15 years being involved in both the professional and industrial arms of the organisation. I am currently a workplace delegate and Chair of Central Regional Council. Previously I have been a member of the Board of Directors, National DHB Sector delegate, National committee member and Chair of the Mental Health Nurses Section, and have been involved in various other groups and committees.

I have a strong sense of social justice and have been involved in not-for-profit community agencies in a voluntary capacity for many years.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening, tramping and travelling!

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Greater Wellington Region Representative

Currently vacant

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Valerie Weir-Van TilValerie Weir Van Til

Top of the South Regional Representative

I have been newly appointed to the Membership Committee as of early September 2019 to represent the concerns of the NZNO Top of the South members to the NZNO Board.

If you have any concerns you want presented to the Board of NZNO please send them to me via the Contact form above.

  • 1987 Registered Nurse (USA trained)
  • 1992 Registered in NZ as a “comprehensive RN”
  • 2004 Immigrated from Michigan USA to Nelson NZ, and became an NZNO member
  • 2005 to present: NMDHB Medical Imaging RN for Cardiology/Radiology Departments
  • 2010 Achieved dual US/NZ citizenship
  • 2014 to present: Team rep for MINNZ under NZNO Perioperative College of Nurses
  • 2018 Following MECA negotiations, decided to step up to being the delegate for our team
  • 2019 Became member of Top of the South Regional Council
  • 2019-09 Confirmed onto the NZNO Membership Committee for a three year tenure.

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Andrea ReillyAndrea Reilly

West Coast Regional Representative

Ko  Te Ahu Pahiki tōku Maunga, Ko Kaituna tōku Awa, Ko Bullock Mire tōku Waka, Ko Pakeha tōku Iwi, No Ōtautahi ahau, Kai Mawhera tōku kainga inianei, Ko Alan raua ko Dawn oku matua, Ko Andrea Reilly tōku ingoa.

I have been a member of NZNO since 2001, and an active delegate for Community and Clinical Nurse Specialist Nursing teams for the West Coast DHB since 2013.

I stared working as a registered nurse for the West Coast DHB as a new graduate in 2001 and have been fortunate to hold a number of community nursing positions over that time. I currently hold the position of Cancer Nurse Coordinator CNS for the West Coast DHB.

I am committed to quality health care and improved patient outcomes in the cancer care continuum. And I am keen to be an active representative to the West Coast (Tai Poutini) NZNO membership.

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Erica-May DonovanErica-May Donovan

Canterbury Regional Representative

My name is Erica Donovan and I am a Primary Healthcare Nurse residing in Christchurch. I started my involvement with NZNO as a member of the National Student Unit and Canterbury Regional Council, then became a workplace delegate upon graduation.

I have an interest in health writing and run a support and education Facebook page for nurses, midwives, students and other healthcare workers called The Nurse Path. I am a member of the College of Emergency Nurses and the College of Primary nurses.

I look forward to representing my Canterbury colleagues on the Membership Committee.

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Robyn HewlettRobyn Hewlett

Southern Regional Representative

I have been involved extensively within NZNO regionally and nationally since the 1990's where I was a member of the NZNO Board of Directors for 5 years.

Previously a member of the Nursing & Midwifery Advisory Committee (NMAC) for 2 years; Chairperson of the Enrolled Nurse Section NZNO serving 5 and 4 years and Secretary of the Enrolled Nurse Section NZNO.

I was also a Committee member and part of the management committee of NZNO Southern Region Council since the 1990's, I am a Workplace delegate, have been a previous member of DHB Sector Group and currently a member of the DHB/NZNO MECA negotiating team.

I am Chairperson for the Southern Regional Enrolled Nurse Section and liaise with two Polytechnics offering the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing within the Southern Region.

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Grant BrookesGrant Brookes, President


Ko Kapukataumahaka te māungaKo Ōwheo te awaKo Cornwall tōku wakaKo Ngā Kaimahi o Te Ao tōku iwiNō Ōtepoti āhauKo Don rāua ko Helen ōku mātuaKo Grant Brookes tōku ingoa.

Originally from Dunedin, Grant studied nursing by the Water of Leith which flows near the foot of Mount Cargill. After graduating from Otago Polytech in 1996 he entered the Mental Health NESP programme at Auckland DHB, where he later helped to establish the Early Intervention Service at Cornwall House. Since 2002, he has worked as a Staff Nurse at Te Whare o Matairangi Mental Health Recovery Unit in Wellington.

Grant has held a number of roles in NZNO, including Workplace Delegate (2002-), Relief Organiser (2010), Convenor of the DHB Sector National Delegates Committee (2012-) and Member of the NZNO Board of Directors (2012-13). As Chair of the NZNO Greater Wellington Regional Council (2010-2013), he was responsible for submissions on professional issues, and he was recently (2014-) elected to the Mental Health Nurses Section Committee.

In addition to his NZNO roles, Grant also represents the NZ Council of Trade Unions on the Board of the Newtown Union Health Service.

Grant has a strong interest in the social determinants of health, and has nursed in Australia and the UK.

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Ben Peattie

National Student Unit Delegate

Profile coming soon.

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Joe Davies

National Student Unit Delegate

I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing at Ara Institute of Canterbury. Two years ago, when I commenced the Certificate in Pre Health and Science as an entry course into nursing, I had very little knowledge of science and human anatomy and physiology. Now as 2019 proceeds, I feel as though I have found purpose and vocation and I recognise that I am entering into a broad professional field filled with challenge and opportunity. The NZNO has provided me with a rich education in unionism and nursing and I am proud to represent the NSU as the NSR Vice Chairperson currently sitting on the Membership Committee. In the future I would like to move into psychiatric nursing and postgraduate education.

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Victoria SantosVictoria Santos

College and Section Representative

I am an international Qualified Nurse from the Philippines.  I was registered by the New Zealand Nursing Council in 2007.  I was a maternity and NICU nurse in the Philippines but have a different role now.  I am a Staff Nurse at the Department of Corrections working at the Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility holding the hepatitis and diabetes portfolio.

I have been a member of the NZNO from the time I was doing the Bridging program at Wintec in Hamilton 2007.

I am a representative of NZ College of Primary Health Care and one of the College and Sections Representative of the NZNO Membership Committee.

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Membership Committee Documents

Members can also log in to read:

  • One member, one vote presentation
  • FAQ sheet in relation to the above presentation
  • Regional Convention feedback on One Member One Vote

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